Robert “Bob” B. Frandsen Jr., 70, of Tomah died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at the Department of Veterans Affairs-Tomah.
He was born June 17, 1947, to Robert and Helen (McClernon) Frandsen Sr., at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, Ill. He attended the Joliet Catholic High School and was a member of the Joliet Township High School graduating class of 1965. While he was growing up he spent a lot of time on his Uncle Pat’s farm, in Streator, Ill. It has been in the McClernon family since the 1800s, and still is to this day. After high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp. He served during Vietnam War and was a Purple Heart recipient. He was united in marriage to Sandra Frandsen March 25, 1969, in Waukegan, Ill. She preceded him in death June 28, 2004. Together they lived in North Carolina, then South Milwaukee, before moving back to Tomah, in 1985. He worked at Fort McCoy in asbestos removal until his retirement in 2003. He also was the owner and operator of RBF Construction. Bob was always an extremely hard worker. He enjoyed cooking down at Franny’s for the Sunday Packers games, and could often be found there helping out at the family business. He will be remembered for being a devoted husband, a loving father, grandfather and brother, who was always in a good mood.
He is survived by his two sons, James “Jim” (Melanie) of Tomah and Chuck of Caledonia, Minn.; two grandsons, Tucker and Morgan; two brothers, Chris and Bruce both of Phoenix; three sisters-in-law, Cathy Marczewski of Tomah, Nancy (Pat) Daly of Warrens and Nancy Sherwood of Pennsylvania; a brother-in-law, Robert (Nancy) Sherwood of Pardeeville; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Gary Marczewski and Bill Sherwood.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St., Tomah. Military honors will be by the Grassman-Larson-Sowle-Senz American Legion Post #201.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from noon until the time of the service.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com.